Sketches of Corsica; Or, A Journal Written During a Visit to that Island, in 1823: With an Outline of Its History, and Specimens of the Language and Poetry of the People

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1825 - Corsica (France) - 196 pages
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Page 91 - Immediately after leaving the King's Bench Prison, By the benefit of the Act of Insolvency, In consequence of which he registered His Kingdom of Corsica For the use of his Creditors. The Grave, great teacher, to a level brings Heroes and beggars, galley-slaves and kings. But Theodore this lesson learn' d, ere dead ; Fate pour"d its lessons on his living head, Bestow'da kingdom and denied him bread.
Page 39 - ... knees. The women of the Bastia side of the island, as I found afterwards, scarcely wear any covering for the head, but content themselves with throwing over it a sort of veil, like the Italian peasantry. The houses of the interior will not bear a comparison with the humblest cottages in England. They consist of four walls, covered by a rude roof, many having only one opening, which serves for door, chimney, and window ; they have not usually a second story, and when they have, you ascend to it...
Page 41 - What news do you bring with you ?" and others relating to his journey, his business, &c. Often these enquiries extend beyond the trifles that generally engross conversation, even in more civilised countries. The Secretary in Chief of the Prefect related to us the following anecdote: — I was travelling in the interior quite incognito ; a peasant came up to me and asked as usual for news; I told him immediately of the marriages, deaths, &c. that had then lately occurred at Ajaccio. The peasant replied,...
Page 40 - This," said a Corsican to me, as he pointed to a twig that was lying on the ground in the forest of Vizzavona, "is one of our candles." Such is the simple mode of living that generally pervades the whole interior of the island. The traveller in Corsica never meets with a beggar. If he is accosted in his road, it is generally with the question of " What news do you bring with you*?" and others relating to his journey, his business, &c.
Page 53 - My house is at your service, but I think that of my son better adapted for your security ; go to him, tell him I send you for protection." The censcript departed and was received by the shepherd's son. There the gens d'armes soon discovered him ; and the old shepherd learning that his son had been treacherous to the conscript, and that he had yielded to the temptation of a bribe, went to his son's house, and his suspicions being confirmed by actual confession, he destroyed his child on the spot.
Page 36 - Beauty harmonises well with the moral and physical condition of the island. The dress of the Corsicans is very simple, and in the interior, so uniform, that it affords scarcely any criterion by which to distinguish the rich from the poor. The men wear a short jacket, breeches, and long gaiters, made of a coarse chocolate-coloured cloth ; their heads are covered, in general, by a very...
Page 6 - The house in which Napoleon Buonaparte was born, is among the best in' the ' town ; it forms one side of a miserable little Court, loading out of the Rue Charles : — [Jan.
Page 36 - ... black velvet cap, or by a common coarse woven one of the same colour as the rest of the dress. Some of the peasantry have a sort of cowl, called a pelone, which they throw over their heads, or suffer to hang at the back of their necks. The men, with few exceptions, go armed; and you scarcely meet one in the interior, who has not a loaded musket across his shoulders ; the shot and ammunition are contained in a leathern pouch, called "carchera,
Page 39 - ... which goes round his waist. A stiletto also is generally concealed about the person of a Corsican ; although the French have interdicted the wearing of that weapon. There are few peculiarities to be remarked in the dress of the Corsican women. In the neighbourhood of Ajaccio, I frequently noticed them with large, round, straw hats, whilst their clothes consisted of little more than a shift, reaching hardly below the knees. The women of the Bastia side of the island, as I found afterwards, scarcely...
Page 52 - Corsica, and the young conscripts frequently fly to the mountains, to escape from service in the French army. The gendarmerie are employed in the arduous and dangerous service of pursuing the refugees. On one of these occasions, a conscript presented himself to a shepherd of the interior, begging for concealment. The shepherd said, " My house is at your service, but I think that of my son better adapted for your security ; go to him, tell him I send you for protection.

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